Five Afghan militants killed in US drone attack

Kabul: A US drone strike has killed five Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, an official said on Sunday.

At least five Taliban militants were killed and two others were injured in the aerial attack carried out in Marsangi area of Lal Pur district on Saturday, Khaama press reported Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, Nangarhar province police spokesman, as saying.

According to Mashriqiwal, those killed included a local commander of the group.

An India-Pakistan fashionable affair at Shaan-e-Pakistan

New Delhi: Painting a story of harmony, peace and friendship between Indian and Pakistan, as many as 14 designers from both the countries along with showstoppers like Pakistan actress and supermodel Nadia Hussain and Bollywood star Evelyn Sharma unfolded a new chapter of fashion here on the final day of exhibition 'Shaan-e-Pakistan'.

Saudi king visits crane collapse site in Makkah

Jeddah, Sep 13 (IANS) Saudi Arabia King Salman visited the victims of deadly crane collapse in the Grand Mosque in Makkah that claimed at least 107 lives.

An investigation into the cause of the crane's collapse is underway and findings will be revealed soon, al-Arabia quoted the king as saying on Sunday.

At least 238 people were injured when a massive construction crane smashed into the part of the Grand Mosque where Haj pilgrims circle the Kaaba to pray.

Hamas welcomes raising Palestinian flag at UN headquarter

Gaza: Hamas movement welcomed raising the Palestinian flag on the UN headquarters as a non-member observer state.

More efforts have to be exerted to enable the Palestinian people to gain their rights of freedom and self determination, Xinhua quoted Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza as saying on Saturday.

"Hamas movement welcomes raising the Palestinian flag on the UN headquarters and thanks to all the countries who voted in favour of the bid," said Abu Zuhri.

Include Hindi as official languages in UN: India

Bhopal: Hindi should be included as an official language in the United Nations by garnering support from member nations, as was done for the International Yoga Day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Saturday.

Speaking at the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (World Hindi Conference) here, he said Hindi was one of the most spoken languages in the world.

Technological-based companies have understood its significance and were thus promoting it, the minister said.

Saudi Arabia says it has received 2.5 million Syrians

Riyadh: With the rising exodus of Syrians from their strife-torn nation, Saudi Arabia said it has received 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011.

Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported late Friday that the Syrians have not been treated as refugees but have been given the freedom to move across the country, a foreign ministry statement said.

The Syrians have been given residency permits, which give them the right to receive free medical care, to join the labour market and to attend schools and universities, Xinhua news agency reported.

US House votes against Iran nuclear deal

Washington: The US House of Representatives voted against a resolution backing the nuclear agreement with Iran, in a symbolic vote started by congressional Republicans who object to the deal.

The result of Friday's vote, however, would not stop President Barack Obama from implementing the international agreement, Xinhua news agency reported.

After hours of debate, the House voted 269 to 162 against the resolution. All but one Republicans voted against approval of the agreement.

Hamid Ansari condoles deaths in Makkah's Grand Mosque accident

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari has condoled the deaths in the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah.

"I am deeply saddened to know about the accident at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia that has resulted in the loss of many lives and injuries of Haj piligrims," Ansari said in a message.

He said relief and rescue operations are presently underway and every effort will be made to render all possible aid to the injured and the bereaved families.

Nine Indians injured in Grand Mosque accident in Makkah

New Delhi/Riyadh: Nine Indians have been injured in the accident at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: "We have received reports that 9 Indian pilgrims are injured."

At least 65 people were killed when a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah, which is preparing for the Annual Haj pilgrimage, authorities said.

In tweets, Swarup said that the Indian consulate in Jeddah is "monitoring the situation in Makkah following the tragic accident".

65 killed as crane falls on Makkah's Grand Mosque

Riyadh: At least 65 people were killed after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, which is preparing for the Annual Haj pilgrimage, authorities said.

At least 65 people have been killed and at least 80 injured, reported the BBC, citing the Saudi civil defence authority.

According to BBC, exact details were not known but it said images on social media appeared to show part of a huge crane had crashed through the mosque roof.